Port Lincoln has ten basketballers chosen in state team

BASKETBALL: Back: Meaza Otto, Alexis Carmen, Zade Hearfield, Siobon Hayman, Dave Dickinson, front: Dakota Wilkins, Charlotte Pedler, Mayor Ackland. Absent: Dylan Morgan.

BASKETBALL: Back: Meaza Otto, Alexis Carmen, Zade Hearfield, Siobon Hayman, Dave Dickinson, front: Dakota Wilkins, Charlotte Pedler, Mayor Ackland. Absent: Dylan Morgan.

Port Lincoln basketball has had an impressive 10 players and two coaches chosen to represent the South Australian Country Teams next year.

Coach Dave Dickinson was selected to coach the SA Country under 14 boys team and said the standard in the sport was very high locally and at a state level.

“I believe it’s the biggest turn out with the amount of kids we took over to trials,” he said.

“Having coaches selected also helps us build their skills to teach these kids what they are looking for at trials.”

Mr Dickinson said in each age group there were about 60 players vying for selection in the state team.

Charlotte Pedler, Dakota Wilkins and Dylan Morgan were chosen in the under 14s state team to compete at the Australian Junior Country Cup in Albury, New South Wales in January.

Meaza Otto gained selection in the under 18s side to compete in Albury also.

It’s the seventh year Meaza has been chosen and she gave some advice to the younger players in what they could expect in their first year.

“The first year I went I was lacking confidence,” she said.

“So make sure you play for yourselves and Port Lincoln.”

In the under 13 development teams Alexis Carmon, Siobon Hayman, Zade Hearfield and Major Ackland were chosen to attend a carnival in Adelaide in April.

Local coach David Schlink was chosen to coach the under 16 boys team at the national Country Cup.

Ethan Pinnington and Trasen Corbine-Pickett were also chosen in the state sides under the association, but have since moved interstate.

The Port Lincoln Basketball Association has about 750 players in the association.